Starting a new venture or creating a new habit can be terrifying.

What if I fail?

What if no-one likes it?

What if people criticise me?

And so, too often, we choose to do nothing, feeling safe in the misguided perception that it’s not worth the effort or stress.

Until, of course, we look back on our lives and see the missed opportunities and wasted potential.

Multiple studies have shown that, in their latter years, people are more regretful of the challenges that they didn’t attempt than the ones they did that perhaps didn’t quote work out.

They understand, possibly when it’s too late, that it’s better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all.

They understand that by trying and failing:

  • we can learn from the experience.
  • we can build our resilience.
  • we can try again.
  • we can try something else.
  • the embarrassment of failure isn’t as bad as we have imagined.

There’s something that you’re meant to be doing.

It has the potential to be truly remarkable.

It could make the world a better place.

Don’t be afraid of failure or criticism.

Don’t be held back by the herd around you.

Embrace your calling and march into the fray.

Try and fail, and try and fail again.

Keep learning, keep growing, keep persisting.

And know that a false start is always better than a non-start.

What do you need to start today?

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